Compare and contrast (the way in which Golding describes the death of Simon) with (his description of the death of Piggy) in Lord of the Flies

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Whilst reading it can be seen that something was going to happen to Simon because he was different (like Piggy). He sees the beast in a rational way, and thought there must be more to it, as he discovered when he finds the dead parachuter. During the eighth Simon starts to hallucinate thinking that the ‘Lord of the Flies’ is talking to him, although he still doesn’t believe in the beast itself, but more as if the beast is within us. Also similar to Simon, Piggy is different in the term that he looks at things with a more mature mind, for example when everyone runs off to light a fire he describes them as a ‘crowd of kids’ I believe that the splitting up of the group was a large turning point in the story, towards the death of Simon and Piggy, because straight away it is obvious that there is going to be tension between the groups, and that Jack’s group were looking for stronger minded people, good hunters, etc. But Jack sees Piggy as almost a threat, as although he is different in terms of being like the other children, he is clever and has strong views, which, further through the book, Piggy expresses more and more for example “I was with him when he found the conch!” Piggy is seeing how he is going to be left out unless he starts making himself heard. The individual deaths of Piggy and Simon are quite different because, it is visible that the chapter, and partly the book build up to Piggy’s death but Simon’s death is quite unexpected. Although in the death of Simon the weather changes as the mood does, this is an example of pathetic fallacy. The ironic thing is that Simon had come down from the hill to tell the ‘tribe’ the news that there was no beast, but in rushing in at the time he did, the children see him as the beast, and on a number of occasions at that point Simon is described as the beast. Another example of irony is that possibly two of the most useful

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